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Who Could Benefit from Nerve Repositioning?
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
Nerve reposition is a surgical procedure that is typically done on an a=outpatient basis. Like its name sound. It involves moving nerves in the jaw to prevent problems in that area. The question most people have is who needs to have this type of procedure and why do they need it. The answer lies in another type of procedure that people have done. Nerve Repositioning and Implants Getting an implant requires drilling into the jaw bone and putting the implant in place. The bone then grows around the implant to secure it in place and to allow for the placement of a crown over the implant. It is one of the best ways to restore missing or broken teeth, but there are some things to consider before getting implants. One of the problems with implants is the location of the nerves in the jaw and the gums. If you place the implant in a way that compresses the nerves in the area, it can lead to discomfort and pain that does not go away. It is important to make sure that any nerves that are in the path of the implant are moved before putting the implant in place. That is where never repositioning can come into play. What is Nerve Repositioning? In the jaw the inferior alveolar nerve is the nerve that gives feeling to the lower lip and chin. Unfortunately, in some cases the implant can interfere with this nerve. In order to prevent this, an oral surgeon will make an incision in the lower jawline that exposes the nerve. The surgeon will then move the nerve to the side so the implant will not interfere with it. The procedure is done in the office with sedation. People get implants to solve a problem. They do not want it to cause a new problem. Nerve reposition can eliminate one of the problems some people have with implants. Contact our office to schedule an appointment to learn more about this or any other oral health issue....
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What is Done During Endodontic Surgery?
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
Most people are not familiar with the term endodontic surgery They may guess that it has something to do with their mouth and teeth because of the term endodontic, but that is all they may know There are plenty of people that will need endodontic surgery, so it is a good idea for people to learn more about it. Reasons for Endodontic Surgery If a tooth has a cavity, a filling is put into place to save the tooth. If that is not enough, a root canal can help. When the root canal is not good enough, endodontic surgery could provide the answer. There are several reasons for the need for this type of surgery. The surgery can help with a diagnosis. When a person has a problem that we cannot diagnose through x-rays and other methods, the surgery could provide the answer to the problem. Surgery can also help widen the canal is too narrow for traditional instruments or when a root canal did not heal properly or becomes infected. The Most Common Surgery The most common form of endodontic surgery is an apicoectomy. During this procedure the gum tissue near the affected tooth is opened up to provide access to the underlying bone. This allows for the removal of infected or inflamed tissue. It is also possible to remove the end of the root. Once that is done a small filling can be put into place and the sutures are put in place to help heal with healing. Other Types of Surgery While the apicoectomy is the most common type of surgery, there are other forms of endodontic surgery. These include dividing a tooth, repairing a damaged root or removing a root. Another procedure is a reimplantation where the tooth is removed, treated and reimplanted. Endodontic surgery is more common than many people realize. Learning more about it is the best way to know if it is something that can help you. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment....
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How Recovery Differs When You Have a Surgical Extraction
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
There are typically two types of tooth extraction. When a tooth is fully exposed a simple extraction is often the right choice. For teeth that are broken or are in a difficult position, a surgical extraction is often necessary. While both the procedures end up with the same result of removing a tooth, the recovery from them is different. The recovery from a surgical extraction may require a person to do some different things. The Physical Differences A simple extraction procedure involves the use of an instrument called an elevator. This can help lift the tooth that needs removal up. Once that happens, forceps can remove the tooth from its socket. A simple extraction works when the tooth is visible and there are no small pieces that the forceps cannot grab. Surgical extraction is necessary when the tooth or parts of a broken tooth are not visible. In these cases, a small incision can help reveal all the pieces of the tooth for removal. If all the pieces are not removed, it can create problems later. Recovering from Extraction No matter whether it is a simple or surgical extraction of a tooth, there is a void left where the tooth once was. One of the biggest dangers after extraction is a dry socket. This happens when the blood clot that forms after removing the tooth comes out of the socket that was left. It can become a place where bacteria grow and can lead to infection and other problems. During recovery from any extraction, preventing this from happening is important. The biggest difference in a surgical extraction is the need for sutures to close the wound. There are different types of sutures used for this. Some sutures will dissolve on their own and do not require any extra care. Other sutures need removal in our office and will require a second visit for removal. The rest of the care for a surgical extraction involves paying attention to any signs of infection or excessive bleeding and pain. It is important to follow a good diet that protects the surgical site and provides the body with the nutrients it needs to heal. Contact our office to schedule an appointment to learn more about this or any other oral health issue....
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"I recently had to have a tooth extracted and was very nervous. Dr. Choyee and his staff went over and above to make me feel comfortable. It turned out to be an easy procedure and I was done quickly. I would definitely recommend Dr. Choyee for any oral surgery needs you may have. Dr. Choyee even called me that evening to make sure I was doing well and had no problems!"
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